Monday, June 12, 2017

The Road to Paradise: A Vintage National Parks Novel by Karen Barnett

Book Description:  An ideal sanctuary and a dream come true–that’s what Margaret Lane feels as she takes in God’s gorgeous handiwork in Mount Rainer National Park. It’s 1927 and the National Park Service is in its youth when Margie, an avid naturalist, lands a coveted position alongside the park rangers living and working in the unrivaled splendor of Mount Rainier’s long shadow. 

But Chief Ranger Ford Brayden is still haunted by his father’s death on the mountain, and the ranger takes his work managing the park and its crowd of visitors seriously. The job of watching over an idealistic senator’s daughter with few practical survival skills seems a waste of resources.
When Margie’s former fiancé sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, the plans might put more than the park’s pristine beauty in danger. What will Margie and Ford sacrifice to preserve the splendor and simplicity of the wilderness they both love?

My Thoughts:  The year is 1927, the president is Theodore Roosevelt and this is such a unique read!
President Roosevelt's vision for protected lands so that the people of America could enjoy God's creation.  And this story takes place in Most Rainier National Park.
When Chief Ranger Ford Brayden and the senator's idealistic daughter, Margie, meet it isn't a love at first sight kind.of.meeting.  In fact, Ranger Brayden feels that Margie is a spoiled socialite.
Then Margie's former fiancé comes to Most Rainier with a plan to build a Paradise Inn and make a tourist playground.  This plan is most unacceptable to the park and to Ranger Brayden.
I loved reading about the past and Ms. Barnett wrote such a unique and informative novel.  
But the way Margie matured and grew like a young sapling was interesting too.  Since poor Margie really had no understanding of nature but as she learned more about the park and the reason so many people want to preserve the land, was so well written. Made me want to take a trip to one of our national parks, right now!
Don't miss this grand story!

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: WaterBrook (June 6, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735289549
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735289543

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